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Nice Server in Jacksonville, Florida

84 months ago

I'm curious about the laws concerning "tipping out." At our restaurant, the owners take a nice size of our tips and tell us that it goes to the hostess salary, valet services, and employee party at the end of the year. Is this legal?

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benjamingrelle@yahoo.com in Burbank, California

81 months ago

Nice Server in Jacksonville, Florida said: I'm curious about the laws concerning "tipping out." At our restaurant, the owners take a nice size of our tips and tell us that it goes to the hostess salary, valet services, and employee party at the end of the year. Is this legal?

It is ILLEGAL for an owner or manager to recieve tips. It is Stealing! Here in California owners do it, knowing they may get sued for "back tips". However, most employees don't pursue it, and the owner gets away with it. It is illegal! AND MORALLY WRONG!

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John in Starkville, Mississippi

81 months ago

Well, most all restaurants all have different policies on "tipping out." I've worked at a college bar/grill, an italian fine dining restaurant, and a chain bar/grill restaurant. At the college bar/grill, the servers decided the tip out range for the bartenders/hostesses. At the fine dining restaurant the managers used a certain percentage of our bar sales to tip out the bartenders (hostesses were not tipped out). At the chain restaurant the managers also used a percentage of our sales to tip out the bartenders and hostesses. So the best idea is probably finding a restuarant where you get to decide the tip out range. It usually works out the best this way...

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BartenderBeingRobbed in Los Angeles, California

80 months ago

I work at a bar where the general manager takes our tips during our shift and brings them into the back office. He then counts the money, paperclips it into bundles of $25 and brings the tip jar back out to the bar. Last night we had a really busy night, but the money we made was not that good. I'm afraid if I say something that I will lose my job. I have thought about saying something anonymously, but I still run the risk of being discovered and fired. I would love any advice about this. Please help.

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larrycarloton@yahoo.com in Burbank, California

79 months ago

WOW is right! I live in California,and that is definateley not cool. A owner or manager are not entitled to any servers or bartenders tips. It is the LAW. I recently got a cash settlement here in Calif. because the ownwer was skimming 10% of my, and every other severs tips every single night. Every single shift. He paid me cash to get rid of me, and only have of what he stole at that. He is also doing weird things with the cash receipts, and he knows I know, which is another reason I think I was paid.
As for you, you have to take a stand, like I did, and speak up. He can not retaliate against you, that too is illeagal. What about the severs tips? Does he divide them up in private also?
Good luck.

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BartenderBeingRobbed in Los Angeles, California

79 months ago

The bartenders are not allowed to count tips during their shift or trade them into the register. Management is afraid we will be secretly stealing money from the register and then under-ringing. And the bar that I work in is one big room where everybody has a view of what you're doing. And most nights we are so busy pouring drinks that there's no time to count tips. We'd look ridiculous counting tips while customers are lined up waiting for drinks. Just tonight I got the phone number of one of the owners. He's a lot less involved in the bar's day-to-day activities, but he used to be a bartender himself, so there's a chance that he'd understand where I'm coming from. But if I talk with him and tell him to talk with the main owner (who's rarely around) I am going out on a limb because he might also tell him that I was the one who talked with him about it. Also this bar is about to open for daytime shifts, which I am supposed to get scheduled for, so I'm thinking that I should keep my mouth shut until I have a very definite set schedule. Another wrench in the works is that all the bartenders are paid their hourly under the table, so there's no way to document an employees schedule.

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SomeAsianGhurl in Seattle, Washington

79 months ago

Well, im looking for a job that has to do with sering food in restruants or something, and im 16 years old help? ASAP please?

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bobby-b@sbcglobal.net in Burbank, California

79 months ago

SomeAsianGhurl in Seattle, Washington said: Well, im looking for a job that has to do with sering food in restruants or something, and im 16 years old help? ASAP please?

Stay in school, or go back to school. The restaurant biz is hard work, I wish I had done something different. No benefits, work on holidays, late night closing shifts.....it sucks.

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paul in San Francisco, California

78 months ago

there's a tapas bar in the marina where the owner takes tips...

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boozeslinger in Modesto, California

76 months ago

In california ive heard it is illegal for bar owners to accept tips and keep them, even if they are working a bar shift. We are not allowed to trade shifts, if we call in out take day off. Owner takes shifts instead of calling other bartender. besides this being greedy on owners part, it is illegal?

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Jake in Gainesville, Florida

76 months ago

I'm a server in a restaurant and until recently we (the servers) were given our tips each quarter as a sort of bonus on our paychecks. Apparently shiftleaders and managers were also being given bonuses from the tip jar (I didn't know about that until recently). A few months ago, though, the tip lines were taken off the credit card reciept slips, they hung a sign saying "our staff is happy to help you... tipping is not required" (paraphrased) and our tips are almost 2 months over due now.

I suspect the owners of my restaurant are stealing what cash tips we still get. We've asked our managers, but they say they don't know nuthin about nuthin. Because of the tip situation and because they aren't giving raises to anyone, I'm actually making less money now than I was a year ago (I've worked at this place for almost 3 years now), and I now make slightly more than minimum wage.

This is unethical at the least and probably illegal. Can anyone cite the state (I'm in Florida) or federal statute making it illegal for restaurant owners/managers to keep tips from their servers? Does it apply only to servers whose base pay is less than minimum wage? I ask because some of us servers are preparing to confront our management about the problem.

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Anne in Nobleboro, Maine

76 months ago

As a restaurant/pub manager in Maine, all I can say is "ouch". Wow.
I can give you some help, but with Maine State laws, if it helps at all.
First of all, you CAN be audited by the IRS if your occupation is a tipped profession (bartenders, waitstaff, hairdressers, etc) and they will make you pay if you are not claiming 12% of your net sales. They won't listen to "my owner takes my tips", they figure that's your problem.
In Maine, you must be PAID minimum wage (up here it's 7.25/hour) if you have no tips and no sales. Again, if you are ringing in sales, you must claim tips.
Furthermore, it is illegal for owners to take tips. Sometimes management can - depends on the company - but usually only "working" management, like those who actively wait tables/bartend/bus fulltime to earn their living, along with management duties/responsibilities.
Your best bet is to contact your local Florida Dept of Labor, and they will direct you to an employee who can answer all of your questions for your state, as well as help you file a grievance, if needed, against your employer - like a classaction suit.
Good luck!! (and my waitstaff thinks it sucks that they have to tip out their support staff! I may print this out for them!!)

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Vektor in Encinitas, California

75 months ago

BartenderBeingRobbed in Los Angeles, California said: I work at a bar where the general manager takes our tips during our shift and brings them into the back office. He then counts the money, paperclips it into bundles of $25 and brings the tip jar back out to the bar. Last night we had a really busy night, but the money we made was not that good. I'm afraid if I say something that I will lose my job. I have thought about saying something anonymously, but I still run the risk of being discovered and fired. I would love any advice about this. Please help.

Dude, you are protected by California law that says a company may not retaliate against a whistleblower. That being said, they can fire you without reason after you turn those thieving pri cks in. I'm in the same boat you are. Funny how this seems to be a ubiquitous problem...

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frostedstace in Boise, Idaho

75 months ago

i've worked as a server @the same restaurant for 14 yrs starting @age 18-near 19- I was instructed to follow a system for claiming tips- hrs x wage + wht u think ur going to claim- divided by hrs- amount should be at or above mininum wage---is this legal?

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Anne in Nobleboro, Maine

75 months ago

Not any more! That's what we all used to do - now the IRS will audit and demand you pay 12% of your net sales - supplied by your employer, of course.

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Eric in Van Nuys, California

75 months ago

Anne in Nobleboro, Maine.....

You make your employees claim 18%!!! Holy Hell.... you must have some pretty amazing people that come into that restaurant. That means that after tipping out, your employees walk with 18% or more in tips.... Can I get an application!?!?!?

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Anne in Nobleboro, Maine

75 months ago

maybe you're tipping out too much!
Our staff (bartenders/waitstaff) only have to tip out 3% of food sales (5% liquor sales to bartenders), and that is split with support staff (busboy, hostess). Their tipout amounts to about 12% of what their total tips are. they have to claim 15%, not 18%,for the IRS and most make 19-25% consistantly and work hard for it. After tipout they still make a little more than they're claiming AND we subtract their tipouts from their total tips claimed so that they don't have to pay income tax on tips they gave to support staff.
A lot of seasonal places around here make staff tip out as much as 40% of their tips - that's just greed.
At 4.50 an hour, my waitstaff needs to keep 88% of their tips.
The support staff are making a good hourly wage, and appreciate the tipouts, no matter the amount. It's still extra cash in their pocket, and good jobs are hard to find.

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Kathleen in West Richland, Washington

74 months ago

The restaurant owner takes 40% of my daughter's waitressing tips to pay his gambling debts. Is this legal in Washington State?

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adam james in Liverpool, United Kingdom

74 months ago

hello, i work in a bar and i have recently discovered that the owners have been using the tips money to buy cleaning equipment and the boxes of syrup for the coke and lemonade fizzy guns. also if a table who have drinks on a tab leave without paying they take the money they owed from the tips. is this illegal? im in work tomorrow and have no fear confronting the owners if i have the evidence to show they are breaking the law. I live in the UK.

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George in Las Vegas, Nevada

73 months ago

What authority does an employer have to take and control his worker's tips? Federal laws along with state laws both suggest that employers are prohibitted from taking the tips a customer gives a worker. Federal laws state that all tips received by an employee are to be retained by the employee. Most, if not all, state laws explain that employers are prohibited from taking any part of the tips customer's present an employee. So how can an employer take tips way from an employee legally?

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George in Las Vegas, Nevada

73 months ago

I did a little research and this is what I found out. While just about every labor law in this country explains that employers cannot take an employee's tips away from him, several judges have ruled that such acts are legal. Now why would a judge rule that it is legal for the restaurant industry to violate our laws? I did a little more research and have come to the conclusion that because the restaurant industry funds the National Restaurant Association, one of the biggest lobbiest in the nation, the restaurant industry will get what-ever they want.

Who do you think is sponsoring all the fund raising diners for our politicians. The amount of money the restaurant industry is contributing to political campaigns is staggering. I guess if you pay off the right people you don't have to follow the law.

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Anne in Lincolnville, Maine

73 months ago

Why do they take tips?? Because they're in a position to victimize the employee - DEFINITELY check your labor laws in any state!! Owners/managers have NO business counting/tabulating/taking ANY tips from ANY server.
The sad part is they aren't turned in, for fear of loss of job.
Not all of us (management) are bad......but in this forum, I've learned that alot of your managers/owners are simply thieves. That's just not right.
Working for tips is not easy.
Best of luck?

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Anne in Lincolnville, Maine

73 months ago

Very interesting, and probably true. Pretty sad. I'm just glad this forum exists, because the more people "talk", the more info we get out there.

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George in Las Vegas, Nevada

73 months ago

Here's the fact of the matter. Tips are the customer's private property. Any judge that rules that en employer may take the customer's tip and pool or distribute it to workers whom the customer could have tipped, but didn't, is stealing the customer's property. If customers want their tips shared, they have every right and ability to share their tips themselves. Judges are stealing the customer's tip by ruling the tips belong to certain types of workers and as such employers may pool and appropriate the customer's tip to those workers whom the courts have determined may share in them.

The reason judges are stealing the customer's tip is because if the employer did it himself, the employer would be violating our labor laws. When a judge rules that an employer may take his employee's tips and share them with others, it exhonerates the employer from any violation of state of federal law.

Judges are lying and suggesting that they are in some way authorized to determine who your tip belongs to simply so it won't be illegal for an employer to take your tip away from the person you've given it to. Federal laws along with state laws prohibit employers from taking any part of the tips you give a worker. To aid business owners in contravening the laws on itps, judges are lying in court and suggesting that judges, rather than customers, are authorized to determine who the customer's tip belongs to.

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Emma in Las Vegas, Nevada

73 months ago

Tips belong to the server. It is illegal for anyone, whether manager, owner, etc. to 'take' steal your hard earned money.

There might be help, or at least decent referral, from the following:

National Employment Law Project, a New York-based advocacy group for low-income workers.

"you MUST stand up for your rights, for damn sure no one else will"

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George in Las Vegas, Nevada

73 months ago

My point is, if a customer gives a worker a tip, no one should be able to say, I think that tip belongs to someone else. And yet, we have judges across this country that are saying things such as,

"It is ridiiculous to assume that the entire tip left by the patron is the waitress's personal property."

"The average diner has little or no idea and does not really care who benefits from the gratuity he leaves, as long as the employer does not pocket it, because he rewards for good service no matter which one of the employees directly servicing the table renders it."

This is the reasoning a judge came up with to substantiate his ruling that an employer can take a waiter's tips away from him.

All I want to know is why is it ridiculous for a person to believe that a tip given them is not their property?

If the customer doesn't inform you that you are to share your tip with others, why is ridiculous to assume that a tip given you is not yours?

What if some customers want to be able to determine, for themselves, who should get their tip?

When the judge ruled that employers could collect and pool the customer's tip among all those in the chain of service, what he ruled was that the courts, rather than the customer, will determine who is entitled to the customer's tip. Now, anyone considered by the courts to be an employee in the chain of service is entitled to a share of the customer's tip.

An employer who takes away the tips of a worker so that they may be shared among workers in the chain of service is not violating any laws because the courts have ruled that such workers are entitled to the customer's tip. You see, when the courts ruled that workers in the chain of service were eligible to participate in a tip pool, what they ruled was that an employee cannot bring charges against his employer for taking his tips in violation of state law, due to the fact that a judge has ruled tips given an employee don't actually belong to the employee.

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George in Las Vegas, Nevada

73 months ago

The truth about the federal tip credit.

The federal tip credit is a law that steals the customer's private property, his tip, and gives it over to business owners. Want proof? Here it is.

A worker receives $4.00 an hour in tips. What the tip credit does is it allows this worker's employer the ability to deduct $4.00 from the employee's hourly wages. While the employee would have to be paid $7.25 an hour if customer's refused to tip him, his employer can reduce his hourly wages by $4.00 an hour if customers tip him $4.00 an hour. Instead of the employee going home with the additional $4.00 an hour in tips customer's gave him, his employer will go home with an additional $4.00 an hour in personal earnings. Here is how you prove this is the case.

If this particular employer was not taking the tips customers have presented his employee, then the employer would not be affected if customer's discontinued their tipping. However, what this scenario proves is that if customer's were to stop tipping, the only one negatively affected by the discontinuance of customers tipping would be the employer who would now have to come out of his own pocket with $4.00 an hour to insure that his employee was receiving a minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. While the employee would lose nothing if customer's stopped giving him $4.00 an hour in tips, his employer would see a reduction in personal income of $4.00 an hour due to the fact he would have to come out of his own pocket with money to pay his employee $7.25 an hour.

An employer who takes a tip credit is taking the tips customers have presented his employee. The truth is revealed when one simply analyzes what would happen if customer stopped tipping. In this particular scenario it is obvious that the only one affected by customer tipping is the employer, thus the only one benefitting in this scenario is the employer not the employee. The employee will not be affected because his employer is the one actaully taking the tips.

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George in Las Vegas, Nevada

72 months ago

Nice Server in Jacksonville, Florida said: I'm curious about the laws concerning "tipping out." At our restaurant, the owners take a nice size of our tips and tell us that it goes to the hostess salary, valet services, and employee party at the end of the year. Is this legal?

Wait a minute. Your employer is dividing up the customer's private property, his tip?

It is not legal for someone to control another's private property without first obtaining consent from the person whom the property belongs. In this case the property in question belongs to the customer. If customers want their tips divided up among certain workers, they can divide their tips up themselves. If your employer is controlling or appropriating the customer's tip, he is stealing the customer's tip. Imagine if you were to control someone elses property in such a manner. You would be locked up in jail.

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Amazed in Norristown, Pennsylvania

69 months ago

I'm working as server in restaurant (in a supermarket) with no tipping policy - rationale is that other employees in other store departments don't receive tips so neither should the restaurant servers. Customers are slowly adjusting to this but, if any customer leaves a cash tip, the server receiving the tip is expected to put it in a tip jar that disappears into accounting office. Management's story is that the tip money is going toward funding a store-wide employee party. Is this legal? Where do I look to find out the statues on this? Also, is it legal to pay a part-time server less money per hour than one that is categorized as full-time, even tho both are doing the same job?

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George in Las Vegas, Nevada

69 months ago

So what you are saying is the owner of the restaurant can collect tips for himself in a tip jar, but the workers can't accept tips personally given to them? I would love to see someone take a case like this to the U.S. Supreme Court. I truly believe that customers cannot be prohibitted from tipping. I believe our constitution guarantees our people the liberty to spend their money however they choose, which in turn would give them the right to tip even if an employer doesn't want customers tipping his workers. My feelings are that if someone wants to do something, he should have a right to do so as long as it doesn't harm anyone else. In the case of tipping, it doesn't seem to harm anyone. Look at how many businesses not only encourage tipping but put out a tip jar to solicit tipping.

As far as your employer forcing you to give your tips over to his tip jar, it sounds illegal to me. I have never liked tip jars and your story is a good illustration of the problem with most tip jars.

Have you ever seen a tip jar with an employee's name on it? Why are there no tip jars with no one's name on it. If I where you, I would put out a tip jar with my name on it. If your employer has a no tipping policy, why does he have a tip jar? The problem with tip jars is that they leave the customer no way of disignating who should receive the money and what amount they should receive. As a result the employer is able to utilize the money to his interests.

If every worker was able to put out a tip jar with their name on it, customers could choose who they want to tip and what amount they want to tip them. However, I believe the whole idea behind tip jars is to simply solicit more money for the business. How can a worker, or for that matter a group of workers, claim that the money in the tip jar is for them when their name isn't on the jar? There are no details as to who the tips are for and what amount each will receive. Customers can't decide such matters.

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George in Las Vegas, Nevada

69 months ago

The truth of the matter is, most tip jars don't cantain tips as defined under federal law. Federal regulations define tips as an amount given in recognition of some service performed for the customer. Federal regulations explain that whether a tip is to be given, and its amount, are matters determined solely by the customer, and generally he has the right to determine who shall be the recipient of his gratuity. Tip jars don't allow customers such rights. Tip jars provide customers with no means to recognize the service of a particular worker. The money simply goes into a jar with no one's name on it.

Please note that federal regulations clearly explain that it is the sole right of the customer to determine whether a tip is given.

Why are employers putting out a tip jar with no ones name on it? What if a customer wants to give a speciific worker a tip but don't want to give another worker a tip? The tip jar doesn't allow customers to determine whether a tip is given to a certain worker.

Please note that federal regulations explain that the amount of tip given is a matter determined solely by the customer.

How can a customer determine how much he is giving a particular employee when the business is putting out a tip jar? If the customer wants to give a particular worker a $5.00 tip and there is a tip jar on the counter, the employer can simply tell the employee that he has a tip pooling policy and then threaten to fire the employee if he doesn't put the tip in the tip jar. Once the tip is in the tip jar, the money is mingled all together where there is no way of distinguishing who the money is for and what amount each is entitled to. Who will end up determining the amount each employee receives from a tip jar? It isn't the customer?

Here's the truth. A tip jar with no ones name on it does not contain tips. The reason being, customers are not able to determine who their tip is intended for and what amount that employee should receive. It's fraud.

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Amazed in Norristown, Pennsylvania

69 months ago

To clarify...the employer does not have a "tip jar" sitting out in full view of customers. Rather, all servers are expected to put any cash tips received from customers into a jar or jars out of full view from customers. From what's been counted on previous shifts, employer is receiving "free" money to pay for 2 or 3 part time employees each day. NICE! And employer continues to justify lower part-time wage as result of "flexible" schedule...

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Allison in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

69 months ago

I'm a assisant manager for a Hotel and when slow we send bartenders home and I run the bar. I'm I legally allowed to keep the tips in South Carolina?

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lebag in Hope, Maine

69 months ago

Yes, as long as it is slow enough that no one can say you're sending people home just to screw them out of money. We send people home in our restaurant, too, and sometimes we (management) have to waitress or bartend. Your tips are your tips - what is NOT right is taking the tips of your employees, via tip jar, or any other measure, including being tipped out as a support person (food runner, hostess, etc), because it is assumed your higher rate of pay takes the place of a tipout. (I'm running a restaurant & bar in Maine, but have worked in many different states in 35 years of restaurant work)

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George in Las Vegas, Nevada

67 months ago

Employers who insist on pooling tips are stealing tips. If I were to dictate how the money in your bank account was going to be spent you would certainly know I was stealing your money. Why can't people understand that when an employer decides that customer tips will be pooled he is stealing the money. Pooling money received as tips is the same thing as spending the money received as tips. Spending money not intended for you is the same thing as stealing money.

Employer mandated tip pooling is not legal. Those who suggest that such practices are legal are blatantly lying in an effort to aid and abet thieves.

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Tip The Server in Duluth, Minnesota

67 months ago

I made a forum where us servers can vent our frustrations. Tip The Server.com Come hang out.

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anonymouse in Alameda, California

67 months ago

benjamingrelle@yahoo.com in Burbank, California said: It is ILLEGAL for an owner or manager to recieve tips. It is Stealing! Here in California owners do it, knowing they may get sued for "back tips". However, most employees don't pursue it, and the owner gets away with it. It is illegal! AND MORALLY WRONG!

Do you have a link to where I can find the legal precident on this? I have a manager who is requesting 20% of our nightly tips because she came up with the theme for the night and puts in hours outside of work on it that she is not paid for.

We have the right to tell her no, but I want some legal points to drop on her when this comes up again.

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python in Amesbury, Massachusetts

66 months ago

my manager /part owner is behind the bar when it is convienent to him. on and average night{6 hour shift} he is back there about two hours. the rest of the time he is cashing out tips in the back room changing small bills into larger ones and i am sure that not everything is making back into the tip jar. at the end of the night he vanishes into his office with the tips while we continue to work and come out with four neat piles of money split four ways,. I and the others are so sick of this practice and sick of this we are ready to do something legally about him. we have worked there a good numbers of years and he is just recently become part owner. is there anything we can do. talking to him just leads to the same thing everytime, "i was back there long enough". please if someone can help we would be really grateful. I don't know what Mass. law has for this

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Catering Profiles Online in Southampton, United Kingdom

65 months ago

It is illegal for an owner to take tips if they do not declare them to the tax man, If an employer takes tips and shares them out they must declare them and pay tax.

I am not sure if this is just UK law, but if your employer is taking your tips and keeping them i am sure in most countries the tax man would like a tip off and maybe if your employer had to back pay taxes then he might think again before doing it next time.

Other wise tips are a really gray area, if you give bad service then there would be less tips but you might loose your job.

Add you comments to our forum as we have lots of employers there and maybe they would have more advice www.cateringprofilesonline.com

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anonymous in Loma Linda, California

64 months ago

okay so i work at this privately owned restuarnt and get tiped really well but the thing is WE DONT GET TO KEEP OUR TIP. they include our tip in our weekly pay which i think is totally wrong. no one has had the guts to say something but i think its time to take a stand and find out whats really going on. can someone give me some accurate advice please.

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python in Amesbury, Massachusetts

63 months ago

i also work in a privately owned establishment and get tipped well but my part owner/manager works with us on my shift and controls the tips by taking them into the office periodically saying he is cashing in the ones for the register. and as far as his working withn us, that part is a joke. he is always away from the bar doing what he calls managing drinking.hanging out with friends and is back there only half the shift. at the end of the night he is tucked away in his office while we break down the bar. he is a crook and a lazy prick and is definitely holding back on the tips. it is hard to sit back and take this and there is legal ways around this but you will probably need more that just your voice. these scumbags are everywhere so either fight him or her in court or suckmit up and hope that karma gets them in the end. I know this isn't advice but there are worse situatuions out there and few jobs that pay us like this even though we are being shortchanged good luck

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ej in Brooklyn, New York

61 months ago

it's totally illegal. no exceptions.

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Farrah in Chicago, Illinois

61 months ago

Well the place i used to work only pays you $50 a day which is sometimes 8-11 hours and he takes all the tips you dont see a dime of the tips, even if they are handed to you right in your hand if hes there and see he takes them. Which is why no employee there lasts long.

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Farrah in Chicago, Illinois

61 months ago

so in reality i made $4.54 an hour. i only took the job because he said what i didnt make hourly would be made up for in tips and to be a good waitress so that i got payed out. Which i was doing i did everything right and the customers acknowleged that. I quit and i think it is illegal what the owner did. He watched the room and when he thought that it was time for the customers check to be rung up he sat waiting rung up the bill and watched us to see what we would do. I would have taken what was rightfully mine if i had been able to..

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Farrah in Chicago, Illinois

61 months ago

sorry the min for 2 people dining was $30 because each meal was at least $15 a plate!

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anonymous in Denton, Maryland

60 months ago

oh and i dont take breaks or i get dirty looks and attitudes by my boss who is stealing my tips(from my point of view). i have worked a few 12 hour days and even a 14 hr day without a break and labor law says that im sixteen and need to have at least a 30 min break for every 5 hour shift worked.

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CC in Nor-Cali in San Francisco, California

59 months ago

So to make it fair/easy for anyone involved specially servers, what is the best way and least problematic to deal with cash tips? What advise would you give to a wannabe operator of an eatery who is thinking about starting this business?

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raena delvecchio in Arlington Heights, Illinois

58 months ago

I work at a restaurant where the owners take a food deduction out of our checks. We are allowed one meal a shift, but nothing expensive; and if we dont eat, they still take the money out. Is this legal?

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CC in Nor-Cali in San Francisco, California

58 months ago

raena delvecchio in Arlington Heights, Illinois said: I work at a restaurant where the owners take a food deduction out of our checks. We are allowed one meal a shift, but nothing expensive; and if we dont eat, they still take the money out. Is this legal?

Plain and simple is inmoral and heartless.

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MR Unknown in Pullman, Washington

58 months ago

I work at a bar here in town and our salary manager and assistant manger both get tipped out of the pool of tips, which i think is bull crap because they get a higher pay and their checks are the same from payday to payday. but for us we make min wage and then the tips is a bonus that helps us pay our bills for the small amount of hours that we do work. if anyone can help i am trying to find out if it is illegal in the state of washington for salaried managers to take a cut of the tips???? hope to get some kind of feed back so i do know what my next move will be!!

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